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Thursday, July 28, 2011
Jalen in jail?

By Stacy Title

NBA: Jalen Rose was sentenced to 20 days in jail for a drunken-driving conviction stemming from an arrest in March. The judge, Kimberly Small, who is known for her low tolerance on this offense, came down on him hard -- especially considering he has a clean record and had many people, including Detroit mayor David Bing, lobbying for him to do community service. (Truth be told: That would have been meaningful to kids.) But Judge Small hit also a nerve with her comments. If the stakes are high and the punishment is what people fear, "There lies the answer to drunk driving," she said. "Send a message that there will be serious consequences."

Side note: Finally! The labor talks are scheduled to begin in earnest next week, a source told After four weeks of nothing, this is a (potentially) promising sign. Also on Wednesday, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul declared they would play in China if the lockout canceled the season. Which begs the question: Where is the best place to play overseas? And how are these players picking their spots? Money? Culture? Number of hours on a plane? Let's hope we don't have to ponder these issues too deeply -- or too much longer.

MLB: Upon review, the umpire responsible for the questionable home plate call at the end of Tuesday's 19-inning marathon between Atlanta and Pittsburgh says the call that finished the game was wrong. The Pirates filed a formal complaint with MLB, leading Joe Torre to agree that the call was botched. Now what? Nothing. ... The Angels' Ervin Santana threw the third no-hitter of the season, topping the Indians 3-1. ... And the Mariners finally snapped their 17-game losing streak, beating the Yankees 9-2. They can now breathe a sigh of relief.

Side note: Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran approved a trade to the Giants. They need him bad, especially if they want a shot at repeating their World Series win. (They're second-to-last in the National League in runs, but somehow still on top of the NL West division standings.)

Swimming world championships: Michael Phelps won a gold medal in the 200-meter butterfly -- his first at this championship -- he barely celebrated. Though he should have -- this is his fifth world title in the fly, and he won it at the last two Olympics. That's pretty dominant.